Illness and Restitution – Gavin Francis

Thursday 27th March, 4-5.30pm

Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities

The University of Edinburgh, Hope Park Square

Edinburgh, EH8 9NW

Open to all, but places are limited, so please register to attend by emailing Mrs Anthea Taylor:

Registration is now open for a research seminar on medicine and literature with Gavin Francis. The seminar offers an opportunity for participants to reflect on the connections between medicine and literature. Participants will consider the transformation in perspective effected by two modern surgical interventions – cataract surgery and cardiac valve replacement surgery. Gavin will be discussing two of his recent essays, ‘Cataract’ and ‘Heart of the Matter’, which themselves examine the effects of cataract surgery and aortic valve replacement, through the work of John Berger (cataract) and Robin Robertson (valve replacement). Essays will be available to collect from IASH in advance of the seminar.

Gavin Francis is a writer and physician, author of Empire Antarctica (winner Scottish Book of the Year 2013) and True North, as well as a contributor to Granta, the Guardian, the Times, and the London Review of Books.


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